Hammy the beagle, and his person, Melanie, recently visited fifth grade. The pats, tricks, and treats were endless. And, Hammy, a survivor of 4 years in a laboratory, was not only a welcomed visitor, but a teacher. Students learned that that millions of animals are used for product testing every year; they saw the green tattoo in Hammy's left ear, a forever reminder of his life before being Melanie's much-loved buddy. They learned why animals, particularly beagles, are used in laboratories and how to identify cruelty free products. Melanie adopted Hammy several years ago through the Beagle Freedom Project, bfp.org, an organization dedicated to negotiating with laboratories world-wide to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance for a normal home life. Do your own research, learn the cruelty-free symbols. Check out the products in your home.